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Vikings – Formby Viking Medieval Market 2013
Sat 5 October 2013 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
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So why did we choose Formby for ‘Vikings’? Formby was originally founded as a Viking settlement over 1000 years ago and was originally known as ‘Formbei’. Formbei is even mentioned in the Doomsday book in 1086.
The initial mission statement of the first Formby event stated that we intended ‘to enrich the heritage and cultural life of Formby and create a legacy for the future.’ In fact, the entire Formby Viking Medieval Market goes back to conversations as far back as 1997 between Leo Kolassa and Mark Olly. Sixteen years passed before the first Viking Medieval Market took place! Leo and Mark were joined in their efforts by Tony Higginson, who shared the same vision for the event.
The Gild Hall was separated into three areas, Vikings to the left, fairies and fantasy in the community hall and medieval knights to the right. Inside the Gild Hall itself was music supplied by Leafblade, a ‘Tafl’ (Viking Chess) tournament which ran all say, and authors that sold and signed books as part of a mini ‘literary and music festival’ run by Formby Books.
Everyone instantly fell in love with the site and it remains as everyone’s favourite event that we do.
The first event was entirely supported by sponsorship from Formby Books, Waitrose, a local building society, etc, so entry was free, and we attracted around 1,200 people – a huge number for such a small site.
To quote the mission statement once more, ‘the intention of this project is to make our past come alive, encourage participation and involvement of the whole community, be relevant, something that creates an enjoyable, memorable and lasting experience and legacy.’ In this, I think we have been successful.